Searching for something to do to celebrate Black History Month, I realized that I hadn't seen anything much about people with disabilities within the Black community. I did a search and didn't find much but I did find this quiz which was unsourced. I called a friend of mine who assists his company in putting together activities every year to mark the month and asked him if he had any other references that I could use. He said that the whole issue of disability within the Black community has a horrible and tragic past. When I asked him to explain he said simply, 'What economic value do you think slave owners put on babies that were born different?' After a long pause, I said, 'Oh.' He said, 'Oh, indeed.'
I told him of this quiz and read him out the questions, he got all but one. I'm wondering how you all will do. I found it under the title you see here below and have not changed it. If anyone knows a source, please put it in the comments and I'll transfer it to this post.
In honour of the month and in honour of those who never got the chance ...
Black Disabled Trivia
1) This slave rescued other slaves and brought them to freedom. Who is she? What was her disability?
2) This famous soul singer in 1997 he wrote a book called Truly Blessed, about his life before and after his accident. Who is he?
3) This African American is the first deaf professional baseball player. Who is he?
4)A 1992 comedy show, ‘‘In Living Color’’, introduced the first Black disabled hero. Who was it?
5)This Black amputee, 1984 Olympic skier and author was the first Director for President Clinton’’s Human Capital Issues on the National Economic Council. Who is it?
This post isn't much but I hope it adds a bit to the celebration of the triumph of difference over prejudice.